Google IO 2016 Coverage

BlackBerry’s Priv should have timely updates


Most hardware manufacturers producing Android devices drop the ball when it comes to keeping their devices’ software up-to-date. That’s why Motorola and HTC are often favorites among consumers looking to get a device with software that will be updated and in a timely fashion. Both companies have promises that can be broken, but that’s better than those that decide to say nothing about the status of software updates for their devices. BlackBerry, which is entering the world of Android with the Priv, wants to be up there with Motorola and HTC as a company getting software updates with security patches and bug fixes to its users faster than anyone else.

BlackBerry is putting its security research team to work to ensure that its Priv’s firmware and software is invulnerable. This will be done by delivering quick security updates (with Google’s help) and hotfixes.

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Alcatel OneTouch pushing performance improvements and bug fixes to the Idol 3 (5.5)


Owners of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5) can expect to see a software update reach their devices very soon. Alcatel OneTouch just let us know that its flagship device is receiving a software update that brings with it improvements to responsiveness and fixes for Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and Camera apps. This is in addition to adding support for the sixth version of the Internet Protocol.

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How to perform a software update via Samsung Kies


If you’re a Samsung smartphone or tablet owner, I’m pretty sure you’ve been notified at some point or another that there’s a software update available for your device through ‘Kies’. Many users discard the notification and wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update to roll out simply because they’re unsure what to do. But the funny thing is that performing a software update through Samsung Kies is extremely simple.

We are going to show you how to install a software update via Samsung Kies.

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AT&T LG G4 owners seeing a software update install without permission


Those who purchased the LG G4 from AT&T are noticing that a software update arrives, reboots, and installs on their phones. All of this is without owners engaging the update themselves. While that is not usually the case for any software update, AT&T seems to have no qualms about it.

The changelog on AT&T’s site merely states that the AT&T Address Book has been enhanced.

Source: AT&T
Via: /r/LGG4

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 shipping this week, company comments on software updates approach

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Customers that pre-ordered the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 will soon begin to see the handset arrive on their doorsteps. The company notified us this evening that orders placed through the Alcatel OneTouch site and Amazon will ship on May 21. The Idol 3 was announced in April with an impressive price of $249 that should capture the attention of people looking to unlock themselves from carrier restrictions.

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